CFI aims to promote informal learning and foster innovation and invention in technology
The Centre for Innovation is a 24-hour ‘Student Innovation Lab’ of IIT Madras a student run lab across all IITs established in 2008. The vision of CFI is “To promote informal learning and foster innovation and invention in technology, with a focus on technologies aimed at contributing positively to the environment and to the society”. CFI with a prime motto of 'Walk in with an Idea, Walk out with a Product‘, has come a long way from its inception and is presently supporting large student teams for various innovative projects and competitions. There are eight CFI clubs, which work on diverse projects and cater to the varying interests of students at IIT Madras. These clubs are a medium for the exchange of knowledge and ideas among students.
CFI also encourages socially relevant projects and look for solutions to problems in the villages and other sub-urban societies, working closely with various NGO’s, Railways, Chennai Corporation, etc. At CFI Team Sahaay aims to develop technological products and to provide technical solutions to assist specially-abled people in their daily lives. Presently, Sahaay has successfully developed four products (including two software products) and served a requirement of additional equipment for a wheelchair.
CFI Open House
CFI Open House is an exhibit of numerous innovative projects, automated machines and Formula Student racecar made by students of IIT Madras. Some highlight projects of CFI Open House includes ‘Quadrotor’which helped the Police Department of Chennai to find traces and projects done in collaboration with Railways, Chennai Corporation which autonomously checks the alignment changes of the overhead lines.
Projects at CFI have great impact on the daily lives as well. Students at CFI have come up with a concept called the ‘Electronic Lock’ wherein a password stored in mobile phonescan open door locks. Innovations of this sort have always been a trademark of CFI.
In addition to these, the 3rdEdition of the CFI Open Housewill also witness a miniEnvisage, a techno- entertainment show, put up by the students of IIT Madras. The Open House will witness close to 1000 Alumni, Professors, and Students of the institute coming down to CFI.
Date : Sep 21st 2014
Time : 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Venue: (CFI) Centre for Innovation, IIT-Madras